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KENS­ING­TON

Where Calgary - - YOU ARE HERE: KENSINGTON - BY MICHAELA RITCHIE

Kens­ing­ton main­tains a charm­ing, bo­hemian vibe while also host­ing some of Cal­gary’s best restau­rants and bou­tiques. The pedes­trian-friendly neigh­bour­hood is eas­ily reached from down­town by foot or the CTrain’s Sun­ny­side sta­tion, while bustling street fes­ti­vals oc­cur at all times of the year.

1. BROOK­LYN CLOTH­ING CO.

High-qual­ity brand name shop­ping for men, with a fo­cus on eth­i­cally pro­duced and at­ten­tively crafted pieces. 1211 Kens­ing­ton Rd NW, 403-283-4006, shop.brook­lyn­cloth­ing.com

2. PULCINELLA

Au­then­tic tra­di­tional Ital­ian pizza served in a ca­sual, mod­ern set­ting, made with the finest im­ported in­gre­di­ents. 1147 Kens­ing­ton Cres NW, 403-283-1166, pulcinella.ca

3. TRAPPED REAL LIFE ROOM ES­CAPE

The real-life gam­ing trend is brought to Cal­gary with four in­ter­ac­tive es­cape rooms de­signed by gam­ing in­dus­try lead­ers from Osaka, Ja­pan. 1139 Kens­ing­ton Rd NW, 587-356-4488, trapped.ca

4. MAÑANA IM­PORTS & GIFTS

Shop own­ers travel as far away as Nepal to bring cus­tomers the finest qual­ity hand­made ta­pes­tries, footwear, cloth­ing and jew­elry from lo­cal ar­ti­sans. 1132 Kens­ing­ton Rd NW, 403-283-6537, man­anaim­ports.com

5. PAGES BOOKS ON KENS­ING­TON

An in­de­pen­dent book­store car­ry­ing well­cu­rated fic­tion and non-fic­tion ti­tles for all ages, as well as an ex­cel­lent se­lec­tion of Cana­dian lit­er­a­ture. 1135 Kens­ing­ton Rd NW, 403-283-6655, pageskens­ing­ton.com

6. THE PLAZA THE­ATRE

Screen­ing ev­ery­thing from sil­ver screen hits to cult clas­sic films for the past 75 years, The Plaza is a lo­cal leg­end among Cal­gary movie theatres. Avail­able for spe­cial event book­ings. 1133 Kens­ing­ton Rd NW, 403-283-2222, the­p­laza.ca

7. LIV­ING­STONE & CAVELL EX­TRAOR­DI­NARY TOYS

This bou­tique toy shop has ev­ery­thing from tin and clock­work trin­kets, to Bri­tains Minia­tures, Marklin trains, col­lec­tor dolls and Wile­sco steam en­gines. 1124 Kens­ing­ton Rd NW, 403-270-4165, ex­traor­di­nary­toys.com

8. MOD­ERN STEAK

This hy­brid steak­house and cock­tail lounge fea­tures prime steak from lo­cal farms, cooked on an in­frared grill. 107 – 10A St NW, 403-670-6873, mod­ern­steak.ca

9. CRAVE CUP­CAKES

Flag­ship store of a lo­cal bak­ery spe­cial­iz­ing in gourmet cup­cakes, cook­ies and cakes. Spe­cial or­ders and de­liv­ery avail­able. 1107 Kens­ing­ton Rd NW, 403-270-2728, crave­cup­cakes.ca

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